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From the Library: Intermittent fasting, part II – Wicked Local Dedham

Posted: June 23, 2020 at 10:49 am

Last November, I was excited to begin my journey with IF, or Intermittent Fasting. I had read several books and articles about it and was ready to jump in. In light of this interest, it was very exciting to discover a recent study by Rafael De Cabo and Mark Mattson concerning the effects of intermittent fasting on humans, published in the December of 2019 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. de Cabo is a senior member of staff of Gerontology at the National Institute of Aging, located in Baltimore. At this same institution, de Cabo leads the aging, metabolism, and nutrition unit. His research focuses on the use of diet to counteract the aging process. Also at the NIA, Mattson is chief of the laboratory of neurosciences as well as a professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, located in Baltimore. His work focuses on how fasting and exercise can affect as it adapts to these stressors.

Their article reviews several studies that test the results of intermittent fasting on both humans and animals. The human subjects used were either healthy or considered obese, diabetic, etc. Their diets were focused on three types of intermittent fasting: alternate-day (subjects ate one day and abstained from food the next for a period of 22 days); 5:2 (subjects fasted two full days and ate normally the remaining five over a six-month period); and daily time-restricted eating (subjects followed a daily plan in which they fasted for 16 hours, and then were free to eat during the remaining eight hours of the day, for two months. These studies were done to determine how (and if) IF affects general health indicators and slows or reverses aging and disease processes (2019, p.2541). I was especially interested in the idea of intermittent fasting and metabolic switching, as this process can and does lead to weight loss. The authors explain the cellular and metabolic responses to different types of intermittent fasting, noting that each cells energy comes from the use of glucose and fatty acids. The body will use up the glucose first, which is produced when the pancreas releases insulin into the bloodstream to turn whatever we eat into glucose. Thus, if one keeps eating throughout the day, one will just be burning glucose. The body must come to the end of its glucose stores in order to opt for the fatty acids. De Cabo and Mattson found that reducing the amount of calories eaten each day will increase the ketones in the body and enable the body to metabolically switch from burning just glucose to burning fat. This production of ketones occurs when the body is in the fasted state, and ketones are released from the liver as a source of fuel. Together with the fatty acids, they result in a reduced respiratory-exchange ratio indicating the greater metabolic flexibility and efficiency of energy production. Thus, one can burn fat more efficiently through IF.

I am now in my seventh month of Intermittent Fasting. I generally follow an 18:6 pattern, in which I fast for 18 hours and then eat within a window of six hours. When I follow the fasting protocol and eat healthy foods, I feel great and my energy level is very high. I have yet to see marked weight loss but I feel so much better and more clear-headed. From what I have read and listened to, it can take a long time to get the body used to intermittent fasting and training it to burn fat. I figure that it took me 50 years to get here, so I can certainly give intermittent fasting the time it needs to repair my body. If nothing else, the energy level alone makes intermittent fasting worth it.

You can read De Cabo and Mattsons study at

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Carla Howard is the senior circulation/media & marketing assistant at the Morrill Memorial Library.

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Fasting doesn’t serve the purpose of weight loss Otabil tells congregants ahead of 40 Days of Power –

Posted: June 23, 2020 at 10:49 am

The General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) has advised his congregants against having the mindset of using the 40 Days of Power as a means to lose weight.

Mensa Otabil in his sermon on Sunday indicated that the fasting period is a spiritual exercise and sacrifice unto God, thus, it is important for one who observes it, does it right.

I know there are people who fast because they want to lose weight and sometimes they say Well I am waiting for 40Days of Power to knock off some 10 pounds, 3 kg.

I appreciate your effort at weight loss but if you really want to lose weight, do it another time. Fasting does not serve the purpose of making you lose weight, he stressed.

Although the Head Pastor admitted people lose weight when they, he emphasised that should not be the main motive of congregants who will go through the spiritual exercise.

He added that, people with such mentality do not get the open reward from God as they should.

So I appreciate your desire to be healthy and I know you will be healthy because fasting by itself makes you healthy but that is not the reason we fast.

So dont go through the 40 Days of Power checking your weight every time, trying to see if you have lost weight, he admolished.

Quoting the scripture, he said, God who see in secret will reward you openly.

The 40 Days of Power is an annual season of fasting a prayers for congregants of the ICGC. For this years edition, it has been scheduled for Thursday, June 25 to Monday, August 3.

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Put on weight after months of no exercise? Here’s how to get back into shape safely – CNA

Posted: June 23, 2020 at 10:49 am

Theres no sugar-coating it: If youre back at the gym after months of minimal, improv workouts at home, youre going to be panting and sweating buckets to get back into shape.

When it comes to fitness, its a matter of use it or lose it. If your last serious session was before the circuit breaker started in April, you may well have to start all over again.

"You're only as good as your last training session," said Sydney-based sports scientist Professor Tony Boutagy. "In other words, you only get health benefits from a session for up to about 48 hours afterwards."


It depends on your fitness level prior to that COVID-19-induced hibernation. The higher your fitness level, the greater the effects of de-training, said Adjunct Associate Professor Benedict Tan, whos also the chief of Changi General Hospitals Sport & Exercise Medicine Department.

For instance, a professional bodybuilder with a lot of lean muscle mass will notice significant loss of muscle mass. He may not notice any loss of cardiovascular endurance as it was not high in the first place, he said.

Likewise, a fast marathon runner will report that endurance, rather than strength, is the first measure to be impacted.

But other than your stamina and muscle strength, there are other aspects of your health that can be affected, too. Heres the breakdown:

You'd think that not doing much all day long for more than a week on a stretch is just the break you need, right? Thebrain fog and sense of irritability after days of inactivity are signs that you are overdoing the R&R.

Those experiencescould be caused by a reduced blood flow to your hippocampus, the part of the brain thats associated with memory and emotion, according to a small study published in the journal Frontiers In Aging Neuroscience.

That was what researchers found when they subjected 12 master endurance runners above the age of 50 to a 10-day hiatus from running.

While the runners didnt show cognitive changes, 29 per cent of them displayed signs of impaired glucose tolerance or insulin resistance a factor that leads to Type 2 diabetes. In fact, the signs of insulin resistance include lethargy and difficulty in concentrating.

The higher your fitness level, the greater the effects of de-training.

Climbing a flight of stairs can already feel harder after two weeks (or even just days) of stopping training, said Justin Wee, the principal physiotherapist at Tan Tock Seng Hospitals Department of Physiotherapy.

Thats because your VO2 max an index that measures how efficiently your body uses oxygen during aerobic activity drops, said Dr Farah Hameed, a sports medicine physician with ColumbiaDoctors, on

The lower your VO2 max, the harder youll pant when doing cardiovascular work. Conversely, the higher your VO2 max, the more energy youll be able to produce to run after the bus or achieve a new personal best for your 2.4-kilometre run.

And it gets worse the more days you devote to couch potato-ing: After four weeks, it can drop by 15 per cent; after three months, it plummets by about 20 per cent, said Dr Hameed.

Strength-wise, be mentally prepared to lose up to 30 per cent of it, saidWee. If you were able to bench press 100kg, you may only be able to lift just 70kg after a fortnight of non-exercise.

Your blood glucose level is affected, too. A study in the Journal Of Applied Physiology found that people who improved their blood glucose levels over eight months of resistance and aerobic exercise lost almost half of the benefits after 14 days of inactivity. Turns out, you snooze, you lose.

Your cardiovascular and circulatory systems take a beating at this point. For one, your stroke volume is reduced by about 10 per cent,said Wee. Stroke volume is the amount of blood pumped by your heart per beat, and a lower stroke volume means less blood is circulated with each heart beat.

Your plasma volume also drops by about 10 per cent, said Wee, if you stop exercising for a month. Plasma is a yellowish liquid that makes up 55 per cent of the bodys total blood volume. While red blood cells transport oxygen, plasma lets your heart pump more blood volume. So if there is less blood volume to carry the oxygen to your muscles, theyll tire out faster.

When it comes to strength, it apparently diminishes slower than endurance. In a 2011 study in theJournal Of Strength And Conditioning,when a group of men stopped doing resistance training, they still hadsomeof their strength gains up to 24 weeks later.

At about six weeks, youd probably already be seeing a change either in the mirror or the number on the scale, said Dr Hameed.

Even elite athletes arent immune. A 2012 study in theJournal Of Strength And Conditioning Researchfound that competitive swimmers, who took a five-week break from their training, experienced a 12 per cent increase in body fat, and a boost in their body weight and waist circumference.

Elite taekwondo athletes, who took an eight-week hiatus from exercisealso gotfat. In a 2016 study, they experienced an increase in body fatand a decrease in muscle mass.


Dr Tan recommended the following tests for gauging your current post-CB fitness in terms of stamina, strength, flexibility and balance.






The key is to put aside your ego, and start slow and easy. Dont assume that you are still as fit as your pre-COVID-19 self.

Listen to your body. If you don't feel comfortable performing any exercises, slow down, reduce the resistance or do fewerrepetitions, said Wee. It is also helpful to warm up prior to your workout, especially after a long period of inactivity.

As a rule of the thumb, said Dr Tan, resume your activities at half the intensity, frequency, and duration relative to what you used to do. Over the weeks, progressively step up the intensity by 10 per cent each week.

To find out if your starting point is excessive, Dr Tan recommended taking note of your post-exercise aches and soreness.

If you do not experience any soreness or muscle aches, it is likely that you were too conservative. If you experience excessive soreness and have difficulty going about your daily activities, it is likely that you were too ambitious with your fitness routine. If the soreness is bearable and you can comfortably go about your daily activities, you have struck the right balance.

But ultimately, dont worry. The loss of fitness is reversible. When you start exercising regularly again, it will return, said Wee.

Put on weight after months of no exercise? Here's how to get back into shape safely - CNA

Juice diet plan: The best juices to help burn belly fat in 2 weeks and keep it off – Express

Posted: June 23, 2020 at 10:45 am

Juice cleanses have become well liked amongst Brits in recent years as they can help not only cleanse the body but help in the weight loss journey. Making homemade juices is the best way to know what you are consuming but there are certain ones you can make that have many more benefits than others, like helping burn belly fat.

Belly fat, also known as visceral fat is one of the easiest places to gain weight but one of the hardest places to lose it.

This is because belly fat has a higher amount of fat cells that dont respond as easily to the fat-breakdown process called lipolysis.

Putting your diet into a calorie deficit (burning more calories than you are consuming), will inevitably help you lose weight but some foods respond better to lipolysis, helping you burn the unwanted extra belly fat. These juices must be homemade in order for your body to reap the benefits as shop bought juices may contain added preservatives and added sugar.

Here is a list of some of the best juices you can make to help assist you on that weight loss journey.

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Cucumber juice

For those wishing to lose weight fast, consuming calorie negative foods is one of the best options. Cucumber is one of the best foods that has a high water content and many nutrients while being low in calories.

Due to its high water and fibre content, cucumber juice fills you up and will keep you full for a long time, making it a great option to make a juice out of. You can also squeeze some lime juice and add a few mint leaves to make it a refreshing summer drink.

Carrot juice

Similar to cucumber, carrots are low in calories and packed with nutrients and fibre. A tall glass of carrot juice will keep you full right until lunchtime, meaning you wont have to worry about the temptation of snacks.

This will help keep your diet in a calorie deficit and consuming carrots in their raw state is the healthiest. Carrot juice has been said to help burn fat even without exercise and so its a wonderful drink to make when wanting to lose that little bit of extra weight.

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You could even add an apple, half an orange as well as some ginger to make it an even more tasty detox drink that will help flush out all the toxins in your body.

Pomegranate juice

While pomegranate juice can help aid weight loss, it is also great for your skin.

Pomegranates are high in antioxidants and polyphenols, both of which can help you burn fat and boost your metabolism.

Consuming just a small class of pomegranate juice can be great in helping to suppress your appetite, helping you feel less hungry throughout the day. This is great when needing to put your diet into a calorie deficit to make sure your body is burning more energy than you are consuming.

Watermelon juice

Watermelon contains lots of water and is one fruit that has almost no calories in it at all. 100 grams of this juicy fruit contains just 30 calories which will help keep you hydrated.

It is also rich in amino acids which can help burn fat when consumed daily. You can also top this with mint and add some ice in the drink to make it extra tasty and refreshing.

Orange juice

Orange juice is incredibly low in calories and has zero fat, which makes it an excellent option if you are looking to shred an extra kilo or so.

Incorporating this juice into your diet can give you the sweet craving that your body desires but also help fuel the weight loss journey.

Orange juice also contains a high level of vitamin C, this helps metabolise fat faster which makes them helpful for weight loss.

Individuals with adequate levels of vitamin C in their body will burn more fat during moderate exercise than individuals with a low level of vitamin C.

Pineapple juice

Pineapple juice has been said to be a great remedy to help burn belly fat. It contains an important enzyme called bromelain which is found in the juice of pineapple and it helps burn away excess stomach fat.

Also, this enzyme which is found in pineapple can help suppress your appetite and it is a well known calorie negative food.

This means that your body spends more calorieseating and burning the fruit than the amount of calories in the fruit.

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Is Intermittent Fasting a Safe Way to Lose Weight For Women? All Your Queries about This Diet Causing – LatestLY

Posted: June 23, 2020 at 10:45 am

Intermittent fasting can be a complicated process to follow! It requires you to fast for long hours, but the intended benefits include weight loss, increased energy, and improved mental clarity. While many people had all great things to say about intermittent fasting, there are conflicting opinions when it comes to whether intermittent fasting is safe for women. Many experts argue that fasting can lead to hormonal disruptions and lead to mood swings and also infertility. Here's what you need to know.

Intermittent fasting can put stress on your body, but if you are managing your stress levels well, it can prompt a positive, healthy change in your body. However, your body may not be able to handle any additional stressors if you are over-stressed. That said, there there is not enough scientific evidence to make definitive conclusions yet. What we know for sure is that pregnant or breastfeeding women, underweight women, those with a history of an eating disorder, women dealing with chronic stress and those with medical issues should not fast.

Studies have shown that fasting decreases the production of kisspeptin, which, in turn, disrupts the release of estrogen and progesterone. This hormonal disruption can result in mood swings and missed or irregular periods. In extreme cases, it may also disrupt fertility. However, more research needs to be done to understand how fasting may affect hormones in humans fully.Intermittent Fasting Suitable For All? Dos & Don'ts For This Popular Weight Loss Diet.

Fasting can trigger starving, which in turn can inhibit ovulation. Studies have also linked intermittent fasting polycystic ovary syndrome, which leads to infertility. While the studies are conflicting, more research needs to be done.Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss: From Hair Loss to Irregular Periods, 7 Side Effects of IF No One Talks About!

Should you fast during your period? You should never fast the week leading up to your period as it is the time when you are most sensitive to extra stress. Any additional stressors like intermittent fasting, can have adverse effects on your body. So, it can be a great idea to scale back during your premenstrual time.Study Reveals Intermittent Fasting Increases Lifespan of Patients Undergoing Cardiac Catheterisation.

If you decide to give IF a try, here's how to do it safely.

Bottomline: If you are someone who is under extreme stress, you could be more sensitive to potential negative hormonal changes when fasting. So avoid IF if you think you fall in this category.

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Feed higher levels of Irish cereals with XL Grain – Agriland

Posted: June 23, 2020 at 10:45 am

Irish-grown cereals including barley and wheat are excellent sources of energy for either fattening cattle or maximising milk production; however, feeding high levels of cereals increases the risk of acidosis in livestock.

The feeding of high levels of cereals in a diet must be managed carefully; feeding rates, mineral and buffer supplementation and the inclusion of a suitable source of fibre being very important. However, there is a solution that can help to increase feeding levels of Irish-grown cereals safely.

Ivan Gethings farms with his two sons Chris and Jason and the Gethings family fatten cattle year round on their beef and tillage farm outside Tullamore, Co. Offaly. The Gethings family have been keeping and feeding their own grain for a number of years and have tried different treatment options during that time.Ivan (centre), Chris and Jason Gethings on their farm near Tullamore, Co. Offaly

Last harvest, Ivan treated all of his cereals with XL Grain. XL Grain is a new product to the Irish market produced by Vitalac in France and distributed in Ireland by Quinns of Baltinglass Ltd. XL Grain is an alkaline grain treatment product which can add value to your home-grown cereals.

On advice from Arnie McDonald, the local Quinns technical sales advisor, Ivan decided to use XL Grain on his own cereals last harvest as it increased the pH and protein of the grain, allowing for higher feeding levels of his own barley and wheat. Overall, he was very happy with the treatment process and feeding his cereals treated with XL Grain.

We found the application process very straightforward as the rate is one bag (20kg) per tonne of grain. We treated and rolled the grain with our own roller straight after harvest and covered it over for three or four weeks. The XL Grain treatment meant the barley was now just under 15% protein and very safe to feed to cattle.

The barley and wheat stored very well; better than other treatments we used in the past. We fed it to finishing heifers, bullocks and bulls up to 6kg/head/day and found it very safewe never had an issues with acidosis.

We were happy with the liveweight gains and fat scores of cattle fed on it and will be using it again this year.

XL Grain will not only treat the grain, but also increases both the protein and the pH of the grain to allow higher feeding levels of home-grown cereals; with reduced risk of acidosis occurring.

XL Grain can be used to treat barley, wheat, oats and grain maize. It can be used on whole or rolled grain; however, the grain must be rolled to allow for safe feeding.

Whole or rolled cereals treated at optimum moistures of 16-20% must be stored under a polythene cover for a period of three weeks to allow for the treatment process to take place.Once this process is complete the cover can be removed and the grain can be either fed (once rolled) or moved to another shed.

XL Grain offers significant flexibility as whole grain can be treated at harvest using a diet feeder and the grain can be rolled as needed during the season or a contractor could roll and treat the grain at harvest time.

Whether treating whole or rolled grain, the application rate of XL Grain is 1 bag (20kg) per tonne of cereals. This is a much simpler process when compared to similar products on the market. Once whole or rolled grain is treated it will keep for up to 12 months.

The application of 1 bag of XL Grain per tonne of cereals will increase the pH of the grain to a minimum pH of 8.5 resulting in significant reduction in the risk of acidosis.

The application will also increase protein content of the grain by up to five percentage points i.e. bringing barley from 10% to 15% protein content. This is beneficial because it reduces the need for bought in proteins and also means there is less need for storage of these proteins on farm.

The combined effect of a higher protein, higher pH cereal achieved with XL Grain treatment is that you can feed higher levels of a high starch, high-quality, Irish-grown feed without the same risk of acidosis.

This has significant effects for both finishing and milking diets. In relation to finishing diets the effect is that you can increase the levels of starch in the diet at a faster rate which can result in reduced days to finishing. Cereals treated with XL Grain can be safely fed up to ad lib levels in beef-finishing diets.

In relation to milk production;sub-acute ruminalacidosis (SARA) is a real issue for high output dairy herds with levels of cereals in the diet. Acidosis has many negative effects including reduced milk output and reduced solid production; which ultimately reduces profit. The inclusion of XL Grain treated cereals has a significant positive effect on both.

Quinns of Baltinglass Ltd will be offering a full service to its customers in relation to the use of XL Grain this harvest.

This service will include:

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For further information on using XL Grain on your farm, please contact Quinns of Baltinglass Ltd on: 059-6481266; orclick here

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SilverConnect Closes Seed Round Financing Led By Heritas Capital And SEEDS Capital To Launch Dysphagia-Friendly Meals Online And In Nursing Homes -…

Posted: June 23, 2020 at 10:45 am

SINGAPORE, June 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- SilverConnect, a medical nutrition startup creating specialized food solutions for people with dysphagia, announced today that it closed a Seed financing round led by Heritas Capital Management, with participation from SEEDS Capital, the investment arm of Enterprise Singapore.

Dysphagia, or the difficulty to swallow, is more common in older people and often results from nerve or muscle problems. Undiagnosed or poorly managed dysphagia increases the risk of choking, dehydration and malnutrition. Texture-modified diets are often recommended for people with dysphagia, but caregivers frequently find it challenging and time-consuming to prepare nutritionally complete meals with appropriate textures. Many healthcare institutions in Singapore have recently adopted the framework set out by the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) to ensure that all meals are safely prepared to the right consistency that people with dysphagia need.

SilverConnect was founded by Dr Shen Yiru and Ms Jeannie Ong in 2017 with the intent to enhance nourishment for the elderly and relieve their caregivers from the daily burden of preparing such modified meals. SilverConnect manufactures pured moulded food under the brand of GentleFoods, turning local Singapore food delights into texture-modified meals following the global IDDSI framework. SilverConnect operates the GentleFoods brand of ready-to-eat frozen meals that turns local hawker favourites into texture-modified meals that meet global IDDSI standards. GentleFoods aims to create familiar, safe and nutritious meals that stimulates the appetite with the way it looks, tastes and smells, thereby bringing the joy of food back into the lives of people with swallowing difficulties.

"My world changed when I saw my demented grandma rejecting all pureed foods because it was all so unfamiliar to her. The emotional impact inspired me to begin a journey to find out how other people with such challenges cope," said Dr Shen Yiru, founder and CEO of SilverConnect. "We found that many people with dysphagia do not enjoy their meals, resulting in almost a quarter of older people being malnourished. With our new line of GentleFoods meals, we hope that elderly and other patients with swallowing difficulties will now be able to enjoy a wide variety of safe and tasty meals with their loved ones, while reducing the amount of time their caregivers currently spend on preparing such meals."

"All of our menu items have been carefully co-developed with a passionate team of speech therapists, dieticians and food technologists to ensure that the food has the appropriate consistency and uniform texture even after reheating," said Ms Jeannie Ong, co-founder and Director of Operations at SilverConnect. "Many of our meals are high in protein, low in salt, and are nutritionally balanced to meet the dietary needs of the older population."

GentleFoods currently offers ready-to-eat frozen meals thatare suitable for patients requiring IDDSI Level 4 food consistency, with familiar local favourites such as Sweet and Sour Fish, Chicken Rice and Rendang Fish on the menu. Every meal comes with one starch, two vegetables, and a protein. All meals are made from 100% natural ingredients. The frozen meals can be easily reheated at home following the simple instructions provided on the packing label.

"Heritas Capital, alongside SEEDS Capital, is pleased to back innovative foodtech start-ups like SilverConnect in its mission to provide safe, tasty and nutritious food for patients with dysphagia, expected to increase with ageing populations in Singapore and across Asia," said Mr Chik Wai Chiew, CEO and Executive Director of Heritas Capital Management. "We believe SilverConnect's creative and impactful offering will enhance patients' appetite and joy of consuming local favourites, leading to better nutrition, health and immunity which are especially important during the Covid-19 pandemic."

Said Mr Ted Tan, Chairman of SEEDS Capital and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Singapore, "SilverConnect's focus to address an unmet local and global need in the elderly and dysphagic population exemplifies the spirit of innovation. It aligns with the Food for Elders initiative under FoodInnovate, a multi-agency initiative led by Enterprise Singapore to drive innovation and position Singapore as a leading food and nutrition hub in Asia.We hope that SEEDS Capital's investment will help SilverConnect scale up its operations more quickly and connect them to strategic partners in the region."

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Over the last two years, Enterprise Singapore provided grant support to SilverConnect for (i) the co-development of three popular local snacks with Khoo Teck Puat Hospital under the Food for Elders initiative, and (ii) a corporate branding project to help them develop a global brand strategy and establish presence in key overseas markets.

Proceeds from this Seed investment round will be used to fast-track the commercialization and rollout of GentleFoods to both consumers and elderly care institutions. GentleFoods meals are currently available for sale on the company's website at

About SilverConnect

GentleFoods is a registered trademark of SilverConnect Pte Ltd. We create pured moulded food that is familiar, safe and nutritious. Our food aims to stimulate the appetite with the way it looks, tastes and smells, bringing the joy of food back into the lives of people with swallowing difficulties.

We believe the food that one enjoyed must always remain the food that one continues to enjoy. Working tirelessly with hospitals, speech therapists, dieticians and food technologists, we have created GentleFoods to be both nutritious and appetising, to make people with swallowing difficulties 'feel hungry again'. GentleFoods offers ready-to-eat frozen meals and bulk packs. The nurturance, thoughtfulness and committed culture at GentleFoods aims to bring back the positive and joyous relationship with food. For more information, please log on to

About Heritas Capital Management

Heritas Capital Management is a private equity and venture capital fund manager based in Singapore. Established since 1997, Heritas manages private equity, venture capital and fund-of-funds investments into healthcare, education, and technology globally, and has demonstrated strong hands-on track record to create sustainable growth and ESG impact by addressing key unmet needs. Heritas isalso pleased to be a co-investment partner of SEEDS Capital, under the Startup SG Equity Scheme into leading healthcare start-ups in Singapore. For more information on Heritas Capital Management, visit:

About SEEDS Capital

As the investment arm of Enterprise Singapore, SEEDS Capital catalyses smart investments into innovative Singapore-based startups with strong intellectual content and global market potential. We co-invest with independent investors in innovative startups. We help our startups commercialize and expand globally through leveraging on the expertise and strategic networks of our co-investment partners in areas such as technology translation, commercialization and market expansion. Through co-investments, SEEDS Capital aims to catalyze investments into nascent and strategic sectors. These include Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering, Health & Biomedical Sciences, Urban Solutions & Sustainability, and Services & Digital Economy.

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To Keep Pets Safe, Animal Hospitals Make COVID-19 Related Changes, Too – The Two River Times

Posted: June 23, 2020 at 10:45 am

By Mia Glass

When Amy Kresloff discovered another ear hematoma on her 14-year-old dog Brisket, she knew they needed to see a veterinarian. But how to do that safely during a pandemic?

She had had one several months ago in her left ear and it ended up needing surgery to correct. When this one ballooned quickly I wanted it taken care of as soon as possible, Kresloff said.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, veterinary hospitals across the nation are changing the way they run their practices so patients like Brisket can receive the care they need. Brisket was able to be seen by a doctor at the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital (RBVH), in Tinton Falls under their new curbside system.

The new guidelines are simple: Kresloff followed the signs at the hospital and pulled into a parking space. After checking in with a phone call, a technician came out to get Brisket from the car. The doctor examined Brisket, then called Kresloff to discuss options for the dogs care. After coming up with a plan, Brisket was ready to head home.

We use the CDC guidelines, the WHO guidelines, the AVMA, and the NJVMA to help us, said Stacy Burdick, chief of staff at RBVH, a member of the Compassion-First Pet Hospitals national network. All of those hospitals adapted very similar policies to stay in line with what all these bodies are recommending, Burdick said.

Staff members wear appropriate personal protective equipment based on the answers to screening questions given to clients beforehand. Inside of the hospital, staff must wear masks and social distance at all times. Cleaning protocols have been completely revamped according to the CDC guidelines as well.

With veterinary hospitals still running, many people are left wondering whether pets can spread the virus. At the present time, the general consensus is that pets do not directly transfer the disease, but could potentially carry it on their fur.

Its very difficult because how do you prove that, right? Just to be cautious and extra safe, if they (the animals) are coming from a positive household, we bring them to a separate part of the hospital and wipe them down and bathe them before introducing them into the general population, said Burdick.

Many clients also enjoy Air vet, a new telehealth app implemented by the hospital. This allows pet owners to video chat with a doctor to determine a course of treatment which may avoid a trip to the hospital. At RBVH, the nutritionist on staff was able to go completely virtual, only taking Air vet appointments. She is going back to the hospital this month, but will continue to offer virtual appointments as well.

The hospital has remained open since the pandemic hit and clients are appreciative of each doctors commitment to taking care of their pets no matter the circumstances. There was even a parade of thanks by the local police and fire departments, bringing tears of joy to many staff members eyes.

We were getting food, cookies, cake anything you could think of was being delivered to the hospital on a daily basis just saying thank you for being there. It was really heart- warming, said Burdick.

With doctors resuming physical examinations and the number of appointments increasing in the past weeks, the hospital is discussing ways in which it could reopen to pet owners and not just their pets in the future. Large plexiglass guards are already being installed in the lobby to ensure safety when the hospital does decide to let its human clients in the building again.

We just need to make sure that its done correctly with all of our staffs safety as top priority, said Burdick.

Many of the new procedures that came about as a result of the coronavirus may end up becoming permanent practice for the convenience of the clients, especially those who are elderly or immunocompromised. However, there are definitely factors to consider, such as the pollution from running cars while owners wait in the parking lot or some pets inherent need for emotional support from their owners during exams.

While it was fine to just speak to the doctor by phone in this case, I am not sure it would be ideal most of the time, said Kresloff.

As the hospital considers future plans, Burdick cannot help but reflect on the perseverance and endurance of all the staff members who were thrown into the challenges that came with being essential workers during a pandemic.

Its just incredibly humbling and makes me really proud of every one of our employees for what theyve done and what theyve accomplished over the past couple of months, Burdick said.


Social distancing your pets is more for the owner than the pet, so its best to avoid dog parks and exercise on trails instead.

Unless your pet is very overdue for a routine visit, do not go into the hospital for non emergency situations.

If your pet has any health issues, call your veterinarian first to see if it is something that can be handled at home, via telehealth or, as a last resort, requires a hospital visit.

Do not change your pets diet right now. Changes in diet may lead to gastrointestinal emergencies that could mean a trip to the veterinarian.

During the upcoming summer weather, make sure to walk your pet safely to avoid heat-related emergencies.

For people returningto work who have beenhome for with their petsfor months, make sure toreturn to a routine exerciseschedule and spend extratime with them on week-ends.

The article originally appeared in the June 18-24, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.

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The Importance of Fitness and Nutrition While Social Distancing – CareDash News

Posted: June 23, 2020 at 10:45 am

COVID-19 has taken the world by storm. TheWorld Health Organization and theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention consider people with asthma, liver disease, chronic lung disease, heart disease and diabetes to be at higher risk for severe illness than others. Since it is a relatively new infection scientists are still learning about the virus and how to reduce the severity of the infection.

This means, when we stay at home and practice social distancing, we're doing something active to prevent the disease from spreading and to keep ourselves healthy. But, staying home can create challenges for fitness and nutrition routines and these are vitally important to manage any chronic condition.

For those with chronic health conditions, the importance of fitness andnutrition cannot be overstated. In fact, for anyone they are the cornerstones to good health. Practicing unhealthy habits can lead to feeling bad, getting sick more often, and increasing your insulin resistance.

Multiple studies have demonstrated the benefits to exercise, so it's important to look for ways of getting enough, even at home. Just some of the benefits of exercise include helping to:

Have you wondered about the best time to exercise?Harvard Health recommends shaking things up from one to three hours after eating. This is when blood sugar is likely to be higher, so exercise can help to normalize it and to burn carbohydrates from your meal.

The food we eat is an integral component of managingdiabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Keeping your blood sugar within normal limits helps to reduce the potential risk of side effects of high blood sugar, likeperipheral vascular disease, heart attack, and stroke. More than100 million people in the U.S. have diabetes or pre-diabetes. This condition is a metabolic dysfunction triggered by a diet high in carbohydrates. Diabetes places people at a higher risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. In other words, many common chronic health conditions are related to the food you eat.

It's important to talk with your doctor or nutritionist about the types of foods they recommend. Remember, your personal metabolism, genetics, activity level, and eating habits affectyour blood sugar. That's why some people can eat more than others and not gain weight. The key is to eat a variety of foods from healthy food groups and steer clear of processed, junk foods.

If exercise has been a stranger, then there's no time like the present to get introduced. It doesn't matter how physically fit (or unfit), you are - just get started and start safely. Before beginning any exercise program it's important to consult with your doctor. Becoming fit doesn't mean you're training for the Olympics, it just means you're moving, raising your heart rate and increasing your breathing.

As most of the northern hemisphere is sliding into summer, it's a great time to get outside and take a walk. Try walking with a friend, by yourself, or with your favorite audiobook. As you seek to achieve evensmall fitness goals, like walking further each week, it can help you to feel like you're back in control of your life. No matter how small, even little changes in your fitness can make a big difference in your health in the long run. Here are a few options to consider that work well when you're stuck at home:

Consider scheduling your workout the way a CEO plans a meeting. In other words, put it on the calendar and then plan to be there.Remember to be realistic with your fitness goals and to be gentle with yourself. Once you're finished exercising, lets not bust the program by grabbing a poor nutritional choice.

When you're spending more time at home, it may be just the chance to look for new recipes and try new foods. Its easy to get stuck in a routine of making the same five to seven meals every week, and that's boring! Remember to steer clear of the baking frenzy that seems to have become the new craze and instead consider foods that are rich in colorful vegetables, high in healthy fats, and eliminate processed, junk food. Consider using this time to build healthy fitness and nutrition habits to help manage your health.

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Vegetarianism: Tapping Into the Meatless Revolution – Visual Capitalist

Posted: June 23, 2020 at 10:45 am

While fossil fuels offer an easily transportable, affordable, and energy-dense fuel for everyday use, the burning of this fuel creates pollutants, which can concentrate in city centers degrading the quality of air and life for residents.

The world is looking for alternative ways to ensure the mobility of people and goods with different power sources, and electric vehicles have high potential to fill this need.

But did you know that not all electric vehicles produce their electricity in the same way?

The world obsesses over battery technology and manufacturers such as Tesla, but there is an alternative fuel that powers rocket ships and is road-ready. Hydrogen is set to become an important fuel in the clean energy mix of the future.

Todays infographic comes from the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) and it outlines the case for hydrogen.

Some scientists have made the argument that it was not hydrogen that caused the infamous Hindenburg to burst into flames. Instead, the powdered aluminum coating of the zeppelin, which provided its silver look, was the culprit. Essentially, the chemical compound coating the dirigibles was a crude form of rocket fuel.

Industry and business have safely used, stored, and transported hydrogen for 50 years, while hydrogen-powered electric vehicles have a proven safety record with over 10 million miles of operation. In fact, hydrogen has several properties that make it safer than fossil fuels:

Since hydrogen is the most abundant chemical element in the universe, it can be produced almost anywhere with a variety of methods, including from fuels such as natural gas, oil, or coal, and through electrolysis. Fossil fuels can be treated with extreme temperatures to break their hydrocarbon bonds, releasing hydrogen as a byproduct. The latter method uses electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.

Both methods produce hydrogen for storage, and later consumption in an electric fuel cell.

Battery and hydrogen-powered vehicles have the same goal: to reduce the environmental impact from oil consumption. There are two ways to measure the environmental impact of vehicles, from Well to Wheels and from Cradle to Grave.

Well to wheels refers to the total emissions from the production of fuel to its use in everyday life. Meanwhile, cradle to grave includes the vehicles production, operation, and eventual destruction.

According to one study, both of these measurements show that hydrogen-powered fuel cells significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants. For every kilometer a hydrogen-powered vehicle drives it produces only 2.7 grams per kilometer (g/km) of carbon dioxide while a battery electric vehicle produces 20 g/km.

During everyday use, both options offer zero emissions, high efficiency, an electric drive, and low noise, but hydrogen offers weight-saving advantages that battery-powered vehicles do not.

In one comparison, Toyotas Mirai had a maximum driving range of 312 miles, 41% further than Teslas Model 3 220-mile range. The Mirai can refuel in minutes, while the Model 3 has to recharge in 8.5 hours for only a 45% charge at a specially configured quick charge station not widely available.

However, the world still lacks the significant infrastructure to make this hydrogen-fueled future possible.

Large scale production delivers economic amounts of hydrogen. In order to achieve this scale, an extensive infrastructure of pipelines and fueling stations are required. However to build this, the world needs global coordination and action.

Countries around the world are laying the foundations for a hydrogen future. In 2017, CEOs from around the word formed the Hydrogen Council with the mission to accelerate the investment in hydrogen.

Globally, countries have announced plans to build 2,800 hydrogen refueling stations by 2025. German pipeline operators presented a plan to create a 1,200-kilometer grid by 2030 to transport hydrogen across the country, which would be the worlds largest in planning.

Fuel cell technology is road-ready with hydrogen infrastructure rapidly catching up. Hydrogen can deliver the power for a new clear energy era.

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